Expanding the Isotopic Toolbox: Applications of Hydrogen and Oxygen Stable Isotope Ratios to Food Web Studies

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Vander Zanden, Hannah B.; Soto, David X.; Bowen, Gabriel J.; Hobson, Keith A.;
(2016)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
  • Journal: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution,volume 4 (issn: 2296-701X)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3389/fevo.2016.00020
  • Subject: deuterium | 18-oxygen | Ecology and Evolution | isotopic discrimination | physiology | nutrient transfer | diet | drinking water | trophic position

The measurement of stable carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) isotopes in tissues of organisms has formed the foundation of isotopic food web reconstructions, as these values directly reflect assimilated diet. In contrast, stable hydrogen (δ2H) and oxygen (δ18O) isotope m... View more
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